If we are talking about "break out" in the true sense of the word, Gabe York needs to be in the conversation.
Gabe very well could be our primary scoring threat coming off the bench, a zone-busting 3 point threat and a mini-sized (yeah, I know he's 6'1 or so) highlight reel. Operative word: could. He has the opportunity to have a JR-Smith-like impact on our team. A super athletic guard with unlimited range and no fear. He could go from a complete unknown to one of the most exciting/critical 6th men in the country. Operative word once again: could.
If I were to venture a guess as to who will, I would hope it'd be BrAsh. We need him to be a 12/6 guy at minimum -- with the potential of being a 16/10 guy (and earning the right of being our break out star). He has the skillset. Let's see if he has the determination and discipline.
This year's team is built on defense. Guys who don't show 100% effort on D every possession simply won't see the floor. The days watching Lyons lollygag are long left behind. At the guard positions, that means Mayes is the key man. We know that Mayes is temperamental, but when he's in a good place, he's a great shooter. He's finally healthy, it's his senior year, and I think he's going to surprise a lot of people and pick up where he left off in March. His on-ball defense is well established, so if he's hitting anything resembling the broad side of a barn, he'll be taking the bulk of the backup minutes at both guard positions. York might be able to have a spot impact in a few games, but unless he's made huge strides defensively, he won't be the first guard off the bench, and will have to fight to be the second.
I agree on Ashley. If he can get his head on straight and play hard every possession, every game, he has the potential to be all-conference, even coming off the bench. If he's been able to extend his range to where he can be a legit stretch 4, it'll provide ridiculous lineup flexibility. Imagine the defensive havoc created by having TJ (or NJ), RHJ, AG, BA, and Z on the court at once (for brief stretches).
This isn't a question of who is going to play more; it's a question of breakout potential. For somebody already contributing to a team, I define a "break out" season as a drastic increase in production or critical role in the betterment of the team.
I am actually a Mayes fan and am excited for the stability he should bring to our second unit. I do not, however, expect a drastic increase in production. I do expect a more consistent means of producing, and I expect a slight increase in his PPG and APG as a result of increased minutes at the 1 and the 2. I also think it'll help for Mayes as a pure shooter to get some time to play with a pass-first PG in TJ.
My point is simply that York brings that break out potential. Sure, there are contingencies (strength, defense, toughness, etc.). But the kid, IMHO, has a very diverse and prolific offensive toolkit. And he has the opportunity to go from a non-contributor to a dynamic 6th or 7th man on a national championship contending team. Again, I too agree that that is not likely.
Nick already had a "break out" season; TJ has proven himself and we don't need him to "break out" more than what he has put up already. The only people we need to break out are Brash, Kaleb, York and Mayes. RHJ, AG and Pitts haven't established a baseline from which to break out yet.
If AG breaks out, we are going final four. Zeus, NJ, Brash, TJ, Mayes have reasonable expectations and established pasts, RJ, York and Pitts will be huge but...AG is our golden goose and we need him to lay the most golden egg of all if we want to cut down nets and burn 4th ave to the ground. I am looking at you TPD, no rubber bullets in my back this time please.
This will be his third attempt. His second was a lot more consistent than his first, but still lacking severely during conference play.
Would love to see him put a whole season together.
why do you think Gabe York will break out what has he done in a year to make you think you will break out I hope the best for Gabe but I think he went to the wrong school
First off, he's been here 1 year, not 2.
Secondly, you are 100% missing my point. My point was when discussing "breakout potential", Gabe York must be in the conversation because of two reasons: (1) he had a very minimal role last year (as another poster had stated, freshmen don't have college experience and don't have any baseline to break out from); and (2) he is an extremely gifted athlete/basketball player.
sorry for the error thanks for correcting me i not saying Gabe is not talented I just don't know if he's Arizona good and Nick is not coming of the court much this yr
Zeus needs a break out year, as in break out of those concrete gloves! He now has a "true PG" pithing him the ball, so no more excuses as to why he can't catch and finish at the basket.
If he plans on making the league, it's all about efficient movements, especially as a big.
I have full confidence in Blair to help in this aspect, as that guy was Arizona's Mr. Fundamental.
I honestly don't think York will play enough minutes/game to have a break out season. I see him as a Blav that elite eight run. Someone who comes in for a few minutes each half and hits 1 maybe 2 3 pointers.
I think for Arizona to have the season we think they're going to have, Zeus needs to be that break out player. If he can be a legit threat down low, that will open up a lot for brash, Gordon, nj and TJ.